New Jersey Policy Perspective produces independent research and analysis on policy solutions to advance social, economic, and racial justice. From data-driven reports to policy briefs and explainers, we work to provide lawmakers, legislative staff, advocates, community leaders, and reporters with the facts and figures behind the most pressing policy issues facing the Garden State.

Friday Facts and Figures: August 5, 2022

New Jersey's process for spending American Rescue Plan funds lacks transparency. Temp Workers' Bill of Rights gets another final vote.

New Jersey Has Less Than $1 Billion Left in American Rescue Plan Funds

A historic opportunity to provide immediate relief to New Jersey families and communities harmed by the pandemic is quickly slipping away.

Friday Facts and Figures: July 29, 2022

New Jersey is adding jobs faster than almost any other state. Only a small fraction of rental assistance applicants receive benefits.

Friday Facts and Figures: July 22, 2022

Easy Enrollment program will help uninsured residents enroll in coverage. New Jersey's private sector employment surpasses pre-pandemic levels.

The New “Easy Enrollment” Program will Lower Barriers to Affordable Health Care

The new program takes tax filing and unemployment claim forms and turns them into opportunities to enroll in health care coverage — all by checking a box.

Offshore Wind Benefits New Jersey in More Ways Than Meeting Climate Goals

Testimony from NJPP Policy Analyst Alex Ambrose in support of the Ocean Wind 1 offshore wind project to mitigate the effects of climate change.

Friday Facts and Figures: July 15, 2022

Nobody knows what lawmakers requested funding for in the state budget. The states that ban abortion do the least for children and families.

Friday Facts and Figures: July 8, 2022

Labor and environmental advocates kill Amazon hub at Newark Airport. Federal health care subsidies are about to expire.

How the New Jersey Child Tax Credit Became Law

NJPP Senior Policy Analyst Peter Chen breaks down how the Child Tax Credit became law.

Friday Facts and Figures: July 1, 2022

The NJPP team breaks down the new state budget. New Jersey is the latest state to approve a Child Tax Credit.

Affordable for Some: What’s Included and Missing in New Jersey’s FY 2023 Budget

The new state budget creates a Child Tax Credit, but other programs to support working families didn’t make it in.

Sales Tax Holidays Do Little to Ease the Burden on Working Families

Testimony from NJPP Senior Policy Analyst Sheila Reynertson in opposition to the proposed sales tax holiday on school supplies.

A State-Level Child Tax Credit Would Make New Jersey More Affordable for Working Families

Testimony from NJPP Senior Policy Analyst Peter Chen in support of establishing a state-level Child Tax Credit.

Friday Facts and Figures: June 25, 2022

Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade. Lawmakers agree to sales tax holiday. Immigrants' rights groups rally at the State House.

Liberty State Park is for the People, Not Private Developers

Investment in Liberty State Park should be done responsibly so the park remains open to the public and safe for children and wildlife alike.

New Jersey Should Join Other States and Create a Child Tax Credit

New Jersey should use its budget surplus to support families with kids and help make parenting more affordable.

Friday Facts and Figures: June 17, 2022

New property tax relief proposal includes more renters. Jersey City raises its minimum wage. Easy enrollment bill goes to the governor.

New Jersey Could Do More to Expand Reentry Services

New Jersey's FY 2023 budget fails to invest in robust reentry services, non-police crisis response, or directly in communities most harmed by the pandemic.

Friday Facts and Figures: June 10, 2022

New report calls for multi-year budgeting and consensus revenue forecasting. New Jersey is one step closer to covering all kids.

It’s Still Time for All Kids Coverage

Lawmakers must prioritize Cover All Kids funding and implementation so all kids have the affordable, high-quality health care they deserve.

Friday Facts and Figures: June 3, 2022

The number of teacher candidates in New Jersey continues to decline. It’s a bird … it’s a plane … it’s For The Many NJ!

New Jersey’s Teacher Pipeline: The Decline in Teacher Candidates Continues

Unless lawmakers act to address New Jersey's teacher shortage, there will not be enough qualified candidates to replace teachers leaving the profession.

Friday Facts and Figures: May 27, 2022

Remembering the 21 lives lost at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on May 24, 2022.

Friday Facts and Figures: May 20, 2022

New Jersey has a multi-billion-dollar surplus, and lawmakers are already fast-tracking a bill to give a big chunk of it to profitable businesses.

It’s Time to Hold Amazon Accountable for High Worker Injury Rates

As Amazon grows into New Jersey's largest private employer, it's time to mandate health and safety protocols for its workers.
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